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Thursday, August 23, 2001

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Responding to Landscape
When Juneau artist Devita Stipek Writer paints the rush of water in Gold Creek or a storm breaking on Horse Island, she doesn't try to reproduce the scene.

Tales of pioneer conservationists
Juneau naturalist Rich Gordon remembers when he was threatened with a beating one night after a public meeting because of his work to protect the Mendenhall Wetlands.

Rhubarb
Although domesticated rhubarb is nicknamed "pie plant," Juneau cooks have found it cooks up well in all sorts of dishes.

Entertainment Briefs
Council offering grants for artists; Visiting artist offers painting workshop

Concert blends unusual combo of sounds
CrossSound 2001 returns to Juneau this weekend with new music and instruments - such as the kayagum and the pipa.

Tourism message line 'complaints'
I recently had the opportunity of reviewing a summary of the Tourism Message Line and I would like to share some of my observations.

The capital move card
It's sad to see that our beleaguered mayor was compelled to throw a bone to the tax and spend, road-at-all-costs zealots who have recently taken over the pages of the Juneau Empire, but it's not that surpassing.

Passing the buck
Last night a bear stopped by my trailer long enough to open one of my trash containers and take something out.

Not feeling good
I used to applaud the Point Retreat Lighthouse Association for its initiative to rebuild the Point Retreat Lighthouse for its historic value.

Candadian miners or Alaskan fishermen?
I am curious why Lew Williams (recent My Turn columns) and Sen. Robin Taylor support a Canadian mine on a major Taku River tributary and do not recognize that the real value of the Taku is its productive fisheries. Does the senator represent Canadian miners or Alaskan fishermen?

Correction
A story in Tuesday's Empire about a vehicle fire incorrectly said the Gastineau Humane Society boards cats.

Minority subsistence report filed
Alaska can solve its subsistence dilemma without creating a privileged class and trampling on the civil rights of urban residents, said a group of delegates to Gov. Tony Knowles' panel studying the issue.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

City mulls tax breaks for local manufacturers
Karl Mielke is one of three employees at Alaska Bullet Works, a Juneau business that has been manufacturing high-performance bullets since the early 1990s.

Protesters picket NOAA project site
About a dozen Juneau residents picketed a meeting at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Auke Bay lab on Tuesday afternoon, urging federal officials and congressional staffers not to build a $50 million fisheries research center at Lena Point.

Schools, teachers tentatively agree on contract
The Juneau School District and the teachers' union reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night on a new, two-year contract that includes pay increases.

Marching to put food on the table
For a while on Tuesday the sun broke through the clouds, and tourists emerged from shops to watch Alaska Natives take to the streets in a rally for subsistence rights.

Deadline nears for completing GED
People who are seeking a GED diploma have only a few months left to pass all five tests before the format changes, forcing those with one or more remaining tests to start over.

Around Town

Mayor revives road debate
Mayor Sally Smith confirmed Tuesday that she has asked Gov. Tony Knowles to support completion of an environmental impact statement on Juneau access, a necessary step before a road could be built to Skagway.

Visiting teen found dead on Mount Juneau
A team of 10 rescue workers was climbing the Basin Road side of Mount Juneau this afternoon in an effort to reach a teen-ager who failed to return to his cruise ship before it sailed Wednesday night.

Around Town
Today

Sears opens appliance store in Valley
Sears Home Appliance made its Mendenhall Mall debut Tuesday. Though the official grand opening is slated for early September, the authorized Sears dealer has opened for business.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Thank You
...for help with National Kids' Day ...for Habitat help

Rieger, Graziano wed
Traci Lynn Rieger of Juneau married Gregory William Graziano of Warren, Penn., on July 28 in Eugene, Ore. The couple met in January 1999 while Rieger was the Promotion Director for Arizona State Athletics.

Without maintenance, the garden disappears
The planted landscape is similar to wild places; if it is just let go. Trees will grow independently until they begin to enter each other's space, shrubs will spread into an understory, and groundcovers will get shaded out as the canopy closes over them.

Carlson, Nelson Marry
Betty Carlson and David Nelson, both of Douglas, were married on July 1 in a ceremony on an Allen Marine catamaran.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Neighbors Briefs
Patz is ROTC graduate; Football league meets; Locals graduate; Shot clinic offered; Small-pool closure

Gilmore, Adams marry
Victoria Gilmore of Durango, Col., and Marvin Adams of Juneau were married in a ceremony on June 1 at Great Falls, Mont.

Feature Photo: Nishiokoppe kids
Students from Nishiokoppe Middle School in Japan visited Juneau recently. On Aug. 12 they met some pen pals from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School at the Mount Roberts Tramway.

Pet Of The Week
Pearl is a large, black, declawed and spayed female who has been observed to be friendly, easygoing and quiet.

Mel Brady
Melvin Bruce Brady died Aug. 20, 2001, in Wrangell.

Myron Ray Bain
Longtime Juneau resident Myron Ray Bain died Aug. 2, 2001, while on vacation in Idaho and after a short battle with cancer.

David G. 'Turkey Dave' Bruce
Former Juneau resident David G. "Turkey Dave" Bruce died Aug. 19, 2001, at his home in Hulah Lake, Okla.

Donald Frank James Sr.
Juneau resident Donald Frank James Sr. died Aug. 20, 2001, in Mount Edgecumbe.

DOT's credibility takes a hit in IFA dispute
The Inter-island Ferry Authority was established in 1997 by communities of Coffman Cove, Craig, Klawock, Petersburg, Thorne Bay and Wrangell. Born out of dissatisfaction with the poor service provided by the Alaska Marine Highway System in the Southern Panhandle, the IFA has produced a plan to meet transportation needs at reasonable costs.

My Turn: Right of comment, speech extends to all
So, in rounding up the usual suspects, we find that the people to blame for the current capital move environment are one teacher and two Assembly members.

My Turn: Drilling in ANWR: Do the numbers add up?
I want to carve the fluff off the debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I want to skin the issue down to its bones. Let's start by tossing aside the conflicting scientific reports about the effects of drilling on caribou and polar bears.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

My Turn: A pivotal opportunity for positive change
As a community, Juneau truly has much to offer; an incredibly scenic location with unparalleled recreational opportunities, community spirit, low crime, excellent electronic infrastructure and sustainable hydro-power with the second lowest rates in the state.

Shrimp serve as secret bait in favorite fishing spot
My husband Earle and I had been fishing the Kenai river for a couple of days, taking our fish to the freezer places which dot the highway each night.

Hunting clinic to offer fowl tips
If Elmer Fudd had attended a waterfowl hunting clinic like the one offered Saturday, he might have been dining on roast Daffy Duck.

Fish report
Fishing in the Golden North Salmon Derby was extremely popular with anglers last week. The weather was great for fishing, and a nice 33.9-pound king won the derby.

Out and About

Being sign aware
n When it comes to tracking, forget the 'broken twigs' myth of Western novels; using all your senses makes every hike a full-body experience

Letter: XtraTufs made fine showing
The Juneau Soccer Club XtraTufs traveled to Anchorage to play in the Alaska State Cup soccer tournament that took place August 8-12. They are a group of 18 11-year-old girls who will be sixth graders this coming school year.

Sports in Juneau
Friday, Aug. 24

Sports In Juneau

Alaska State Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

Larson finds volleyball enlightenment abroad
A year ago, Aaron Larson had never played organized volleyball. But Wednesday, after returning from a recent European volleyball tour, Larson is enamored with the sport.

State Briefs
FAA airport safety meeting on Thursday

90-year-old hikes to save wife's life
Bob Buzby hiked for three hours, wading glacier-fed creeks several times in high-top leather slippers, to find help for his injured wife who fell off a four-wheeler Sunday.

Journal duped on suicide account
The distinguished Journal of the American Medical Association says it got duped into publishing a medical student's phony account of an elderly Alaska villager walking onto the frozen Arctic Ocean to commit suicide.

Ex-Colony teacher pleads to sex charge
A former teacher at Colony High School in Wasilla pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of fourth degree sexual assault of a minor.

Court nixes more beluga protection
Cook Inlet beluga whales will not join the endangered species list.

State Briefs
Federal rights commission meets in Alaska; Toddler dies in apartment fire; Two injuries reported in plane crashes; Fairbanks man sentenced for car shootings

State sued over initiative wording
The sponsors of a measure to move the legislative session to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have filed a lawsuit against the state over ballot language summarizing the initiative.

Off-campus teens anger Anchorage residents
A coalition of Anchorage residents is asking the school district to keep high school students on school grounds all day.

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